We are all entitled to our own opinions, but when I think about the greatest album it is not hard for me to say that The Chronic by Dr. Dre is a true classic. Released nearly 20 years ago by Death Row Records and was produced by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. This was the debut solo studio album from Dr. Dre after leaving his group N.W.A and their label Ruthless Records in 1992.
After the reign of N.W.A (1986-1991), California was the impetus of hardcore or “gangsta” rap and Dr. Dre immortalized the time in 1993 with The Chronic album. Named after a slang term for high-grade marijuana, Dr. Dre takes us on a psychedelic gangsta trip down Death Row Records. With the cover art paying homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers, the daze began long before you took the product out of the plastic.
Listening to Dre now, I would have never imagined him producing The Chronic all of those years ago. Derived in a ghastly time period in American History- it was raunchy, it was in your face, and it was the truth of life in Compton at the time. The brutal beating of Rodney King and the infamous L.A Riots were echoing through the urban areas of California. Dre used these events as momentum to bring life to this album. It is hard to find an album that is authentic and true to what is really going on. Nowadays, mixtapes are all that I see, although they are a
great way to bang out a few songs, I think that investing time into an album really showcases true artistry. Dr. Dre solidified his craft by showcasing his talent as an artist and a producer. This album also introduced the world to Snoop Dogg (Lion), which was a launching pad for his solo career later in 1993.
Upon its release, The Chronic received positive reviews from most music critics and earned considerable sales success. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and had been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales of over three million copies in the United States. This success led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993.
Dr. Dre’s production has been noted for founding and popularizing the G-Funk sub-genre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990’s and regarded by many fans and peers to be one of the most well produced hiphop albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 138 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The Chronic still can get a head bob out of listeners and while this generation may not know anything about this dope album, I am grateful to have experienced it.
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